March 14, 2010
Posted: 02:03 PM ET
Three people with cult followings online have been asked to choose ideas they think will change the way the Web works. And each is competing for a $50,000 prize to get that idea up and running.
It is part of Pepsi’s Refresh Project, where the company is giving away $20 million to people with great ideas during 2010.
Here are the ideas. Let us know what you think. You can chime in with comments below, and vote for your favorite idea on Twitter, as part of the Pepsi campaign.
Foursquare meets Craigslist
Adam Ostrow, editor of the technology blog Mashable.com, is supporting Brian Milner who wants to build something to help people in need connect with people who can help (Foursquare meets Craiglist).
Stories of the homeless
Digital guru Gary Vaynerchuk is the founder of Wine Library TV. He is supporting Mark Horvath who runs InvisiblePeople.TV, an organization that shares the stories of the homeless throughout the U.S.
Virtual food bank
Melissa Garcia, also known as Consumer Queen, is a prominent mommy blogger. She is supporting Sandy Jenney who plans to use the $50,000 to build a virtual food bank where people can donate food online.
The voting ends midnight on Monday. Each of these influential online personalities is encouraging their community to vote via a hash tag: #RefreshMashable, #RefreshGary, #RefreshCQ. The hashtags will be tallied and a winner will be announced on Tuesday.
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